Thu 28 February 2008 – Sat 8 March 2008

The AV Festival 08 film programme included feature films, shorts, documentaries and TV at the Cinema - seminal British TV programmes on the cinema screen. This ranged from Ken Loach’s pioneering drama Cathy Come Home, a graphic depiction of homelessness, which inspired real policy change in 1960s Britain, to 1990s political satire, such as the incendiary Brass Eye.

The programme presented 37 screenings of work by directors including: Harun Farocki, Peter Watkins, Matt Hulse, Clio Barnard, Andrew Kotting, Patrick Keiller, Thomson & Craighead, Semiconductor, George Barber, David Attenborough, Stephen Poliakoff, Brian Springer, Micz Flor, Ken Loach, Chris Morris, Alan Bleasdale and Mike Leigh.

Screenings took place at Tyneside Cinema, Star and Shadow Cinema, Teesside University, Sunderland University and a portable Mobile Cinema. Audiences could also voice their own opinion about television, by voting for their favourite TV show online at the Alternative Top TV poll.

TV at the Cinema: Distorted Reality

Fri 29 February 2008 8-10.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

In this double-bill social dystopias were explored through the medium of news broadcasts.The War Game, written and directed by...more

Regime Change on Air

Mon 3 March 2008, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This is a double-bill of documentaries, which show how television can be used as a powerful tool in shaping political futures.Videogramme einer...more

Scattered Frequencies and Radio Favela

Tue 4 March 2008, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This double-bill screening explored community radio in other countries, and was introduced by a representative from NE1fm...more 

Various Artists: Works for Television

Thu 29 February – Sun 2 March 2008

Mobile Cinema

This screening programme included artist film and video works made for TV, originally commissioned...more

TV Dinners: Brass Eye

Sat 8 March 2008, 8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

You could grab yourself a TV Dinner and pull up a chair to enjoy 3 episodes of Chris Morris’ clever current affairs comedy that ruffled feathers and...more

TV at the Cinema: The Life of Birds

Sat 8 March, 3.45pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

This screening of an episode from the award-winning David Attenborough series was...more

TV at the Cinema: Cathy Come Home

Thu 6 March 2008, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This ground-breaking Ken Loach TV drama was watched by a quarter of the UK population on its first broadcast. It tells the...more

TV at the Cinema: Abigail's Party

Wed 5 March 2008, 6.20pm

Tyneside Cinema

Mike Leigh’s achingly hilarious and cringe-worthy teleplay stars Alison Steadman as Beverley, whose drinks-fuelled catch-up with the...more

TV at the Cinema: Boys from the Blackstuff

Tue 4 March 2008, 8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

This session of TV Dinners focused on television’s most powerful response to the Thatcher era. The BFI calls the series...more

TV at the Cinema: The Prisoner

Sun 2 March 2008, 7.15pm

Innovation Centre

A special screening of two episodes from this iconic 1960s drama. Part spy thriller, part Kafkaesque sci-fi, follow ‘Number 6’ as he tries to escape the...more

TV Dinners: Cops & Robbers

Sat 1 March 2008, 8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

Iconic British crime series, The Sweeney, set the tone for all future crime drama, and was the first TV programme to show police as fallible, cut-throat...more

TV at the Cinema: Shooting the Past

Sat 1 March 2008, 4.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This screening included all three episodes of Stephen Poliakoff’s enthralling mini-series about a US property developer...more

TV at the Cinema: Not the Nine O'Clock News

Thu 6 March 2008, 7.15pm

Innovation Centre

Surrealist comedy from the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, that elaborated...more

TV at the Cinema: Doctor Who & The Daleks

Sat 1 March 2008, 12.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This was a very special chance to catch a Doctor Who family classic, in one of the franchise’s most celebrated feature films...more

TV at the Cinema: Doctor Who Special

Mon 3 March 2008, 8.25pm

Tyneside Cinema

It would be impossible to celebrate British television without giving a slot to Earth’s quirkiest hero, and most famous Doctor...more

TV Dinners: Fawlty Towers

Wed 5 March 2008, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

This programme included classic episodes of Fawlty Towers, voted number 1 in the BFI’s list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of all time...more

Alternative Top TV

Fri 7 March 2008, 8.30-10pm

Tyneside Cinema

This gala screening at the Tyneside Cinema showed your favourite British TV programme of all time, voted for by audiences. So few of the ‘100-best’...more

Desert Island TV

Sun 2 March 2008, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Listeners to BBC Radio 4 will be familiar with the iconic show Desert Island Discs, which asks well-known personalities to choose the songs, which have...more


Mon 3 March – Thu 6 March 2008

Design Centre

This screening showcase of the best entries from the AV:IRAL competition highlighted the creativity of tomorrow’s...more

Digital Stadium

Mon 3 March - Sat 8 March 2008 

Design Centre

Japan has a weird and wonderful television tradition, and this screening showed one of the most innovative shows around...more